They say they are part of the resistance.
A rather romantic notion for a political hissy fit which is nothing if not reactionary. What are the coastal elites resisting? They will answer with one word: Trump.
But dig deeper and ask exactly which of Trump’s policies they are against and the answers get a bit more confused. I heard one gay man claim that Trump is preparing legislation against gay rights. This is, um, incorrect. First of all, Congress prepares legislation. Second, Trump is all for gay rights, all for gay marriage. He is not a standard Conservative. He is not a libertarian. He is not a Democrat either. The fact is that Trump is a quirky man who loves America.
What strikes me most forcefully about the Trump hysteria is how much it reminds me of the medieval church. For hundreds of years, the Church fought mightily to put a lid on all dissent and heresy. Books were burned. People were burned. And yet with all the force it wielded, which was considerable, the Reformation happened. The Church could no longer contain that bubbling cauldron of discontent.
It seems to me that the American political system was rotting from the inside like the medieval church. The Democrats dictated how to think, how to live, how to breathe. And the Republican establishment’s job was to show up, make a polite case for Conservative values — and lose.
Meanwhile, in the heartland, citizens were disgusted by both parties. They saw no real distinction between a Clinton presidency and a Bush presidency. Their communities crumbled, jobs shifted overseas, and those who were left were gobbling Oxy.
Along came Trump, a brash builder who somehow understood the frustrations of the working man. And he just busted through all the ideological rigidity and threats of hell and damnation.
The coastal elites have been told that they are irrelevant, that their lists of dos and don’ts will not longer be tolerated.
It is now obvious that the overeducated overbred elites will never accept the results of this election. They will spend the next four years undermining Trump’s administration. But their efforts, like that of the medieval church, will turn back on itself. All Trump has to do is keep his campaign promises—which he is is doing quite nicely, thank you—and continue to goad the leftist press into acting like a bunch of hysterical clergyman who, one fine morning, discover that their churches are filled with empty pews.